By now the nation knows the Beavers had one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation, and it doesn't get any easier for them as they navigate through a torrid Pac-10 schedule.
Oregon State's 3-2 record hardly demonstrates the talent they possess on offense. Sophomore QB Ryan Katz has been under consistent scrutiny since spring practices, having little game experience entering the season while hosting the backup spot behind NFL-bound Sean Canfield.
However, Katz has improved by leaps and bounds and hasn't looked back. The young QB racked up 393 passing yards against one of the best defenses in the country, that being the Arizona Wildcats. Upsetting the Wildcats in Tucson shouldn't have come as as huge surprise, Oregon State has a history of turning it on late in the season while turning heads.
The Beavers have plenty of offensive weapons, but a slowly-improving defense has held Beavs back from the Top 10 picture, a place where their rival, the Oregon Ducks are thriving.
Still, Oregon State will only need to continue doing what they are doing to get some attention in the rankings. If the Beavers continue the trend they are creating, they may make another case for the Rose Bowl, but will have their hands full with the Ducks.
Had the Beavers not played two Top 5 teams in the first three games of the season, we may be talking about them challenging the East Coast and the Top 10.
Oregon State is certainly underrated, and it is only a matter of time before the rest of the nation catches on.